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Dry Washer

Dry Washer
Here is an antique dry washer, displayed in Shoshone, California, where they take their own colorful history seriously.

The name “washer" refers to the fact that, in the original Sierra Gold Rush, bits of the precious metal were separated out by carefully sluicing rock dust and dirt in water until the very heavy bits of gold were all that was left.

Dry washers of different types, all designed for procuring gold dust without water, can still be bought today.

The legend on this old machine says:

Dry gold ore is fed onto a coarse
screen over the top of the hopper.
The finer material is then fed over the
riffle tray. Bursts of air blow the finer
dust away from the heavier gold-
bearing material. Though inefficient
the process is popular in arid areas.
( Courtesy Edward Rankin.”)

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HappySnapper club
Where fortunes were made and lost.
2 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful details.
Thanks for the info.
2 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Gold from dust !
2 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, what a find, Laurie *********************************
2 years ago.
Great shot. Just love that rust ...
2 years ago.

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